Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 3-9, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 19

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 5/10
5/11 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Public testimony on Corrections budget.

5/11 House Health Policy
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 5043 Make license revocation or denial upon conviction of first, second, or third degree criminal sexual conduct permanent.

5/12 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5826 Remove requirements of publication of legal notices from revised judicature act; HB 5827 Revise reference to definition of newspaper in the natural resources and environmental protection act to reflect repeal of statutory definition; HB 5828 Modify methods for publication of legal notices in newspapers and magazines; HB 5845 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; HB 5847 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; HB 5916 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; HB 5917 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternatives to publishing; HB 5853 Expand methods for public notice disclosure; HB 5848 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; and any business properly before this committee.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/4–5/6
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6120 Courts; funding; transfer of certain revenue from the juror compensation fund into the general fund; provide for. Amends sec. 151d of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.151d).

HB 6121 Corrections; jails; county jail reimbursement program; provide for. Amends 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.201791.285) by adding sec. 20j & repeals sec. 35, ch. IX of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 769.35).

HB 6122 Corrections; alternatives; special alternative incarceration program; delete sunset date. Amends sec. 34a of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.234a).

HB 6123 Records; public; use of copies of original instruments for recording purposes; allow under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 1 of 1937 PA 103 (MCL 565.201).

HB 6149 Occupations; notaries public; penalties for notary public violations; increase. Amends secs. 41, 43 & 49 of 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.301 et seq.).

SB 1321 Civil procedure; statute of limitations; civil action for damages resulting from criminal sexual conduct against a minor; extend tolling of statute of limitations. Amends secs. 5838a & 5851 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5838a & 600.5851).

Of General Interest
HB 6103 Michigan business tax; rate; modified gross receipts tax rate and compensation and investment tax credits; reduce rate and sunset credits. Amends secs. 203 & 403 of 2007 PA 36 (MCL 208.1203 & 208.1403).

HB 6104 Michigan business tax; rate; business income tax rate; reduce. Amends sec. 201 of 2007 PA 36 (MCL 208.1201).

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing this Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, MI 48915. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn no later than 11:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, MI 48909, or by e-mail to, no later than today.

Michigan Supreme Court Saddles Up for '09-'10 Term's Final Scheduled Oral Arguments; Horse Owner Claims Equine Activity Liability Act Bars Lawsuit Against Him for Alleged Negligence

Proposed Changes to Attorney Ethics Rules on Agenda for Michigan Supreme Court May 12 Public Administrative Hearing; Court's Public Administrative Conference to Follow

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Health Care Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on SB 0960 Occupations; notaries public; procedure for notary public when witnessing the signature of certain individuals; revise. Amends sec. 25 of 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.285).

State News
Court Allows Challenge to Legal Aid System in N.Y.
(New York Times, 5/6/10)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines